The Big Bang Theory returns with guest appearances by Wil Wheaton and LeVar Burton in “The Habitation Configuration.” Wolowitz must decide if he’s staying or leaving his mother’s house. While Sheldon’s caught in the crossfire between Amy and Wil.

The Players:

  • Director: Mark Cendrowski
  • WriterChuck Lorre, Bill Prady
  • Cast: Johnny Galecki, Jim ParsonsKaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik, Melissa Rauch, Wil Wheaton, LeVar Burton

Episode Title: “The Habitation Configuration”

Amy helps Sheldon film his web show Fun with Flags, but has a disagreement with Wil Wheaton. Sheldon has trouble deciding whose side to take, seeking advice from Leonard and Penny. Meanwhile, Bernadette insists Howard move into her apartment for good.

The Good:

  • Fun with Flags: Sheldon’s (new?) web show called Fun with Flags features guests Wil Wheaton and LeVar Burton. With Amy directing, it brings the recurring theme of acting jokes to the forefront. We’re faced with the chassis of real versus fake: Real actors are accused of bad acting on reality shows, while Amy and Sheldon’s relationship moves past acting to a real foundation.
  • More Fun with Flags: The show provides a great situation to better explore Sheldon’s relationship with Amy. They’ve moved beyond the simple terms of the relationship agreement.  They now enjoy each other’s presence and care about one another’s feelings (almost) equally. We’re glad that Sheldon, despite his eccentricities, wants to do right by Amy.

The So-So:

  • Howard’s Mother: We can’t help but remember how Howard’s mother was busy with “company” when he came home from space in “The Re-Entry Minimization.” She’s not lonely; Howard’s just afraid of change. Grabbing a box to go back and spend the night is the opposite of what Bernadette wants. But she claims she doesn’t want to be responsible for breaking his mother’s heart. We feel like his mother is ready to move on. Don’t go back now Bernadette!
  • Sheldon defends Amy’s Honor: We wouldn’t trade the fighting Texan Sheldon scene for the world, but it should be noted that Wil didn’t do anything wrong. Amy was rude to him, not the other way around. Instead of fighting Wil, Sheldon really should’ve been apologizing for Amy. Just saying.
  • Bar Talk: Penny’s bar-tending talk was on the strange side, with emphasis on pubic hair and Texans. Instead of laughing, we squirmed uneasily in our seats. Awkward.

The Quotes:

  • Wil: “What was wrong with that?” Amy: “It’s called ‘fun with flags.’ They’re not at half-mass; nobody died here. Let’s try and keep it upbeat.”
  • Sheldon: “I’ll be right back. Feel free to play with yourself.”
  • Howard: “The light sabers are going to look great in the living room.” Bernadette: “Or the closet. We can decide later.”
  • Sheldon: “That’s exactly what I said. It’s like living with a lactose intolerant parrot.”
  • Amy: “I’m mad at you, Sheldon.” Sheldon: “Eat one of your Luna Bars. Very often, women think they’re angry when they’re really just hungry.”
  • Sheldon: “Wow. Amy’s mad, and Leonard was right. What a weird day.”
  • Howard: “I’m Jewish. We’re not supposed to drive or lift things on the Sabbath.” Bernadette: “That might be more convincing if you didn’t have a mouth full of bacon cheeseburger.”
  • Howard: “If these walls could talk.” Leonard: “They’d say ‘why does he touch himself so much?’”
  • Howard: “Can you do me a favor? Let me have one last moment alone in my old room?” Leonard: “We’re not standing outside by the U-haul while you fondle yourself.”
  • Penny: “Welcome to Long Island, Tex.”
  • Sheldon: “One of these days, scientists will discover that second X chromosome contains nothing but nonsense and twaddle.”
  • Sheldon: “That low-down polecat done wronged my woman.”
  • Wil: “Why are you here?” Sheldon: “Because I’m from Texas. Need I say more?” Wil: “Yeah, actually, a little more would be helpful.”
  • Sheldon: “My fists are not up here because I’m milking a giant invisible cow.”

Overall:

With both Sheldon and Howard moving forward in their relationships,The Habitation Configurationgave us a realistic but entertaining episode. The humor was all there, but we weren’t sold on every plotline.

The Rating: 8/10

The Big Bang Theory airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on CBS.

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